My Gear List

A list of gear I use and have used in the past for those who are interested. Just remember that gear doesn't make the photographer nor will it necessarily result in better pictures... Just like how you wouldn't say to a chef: "That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove", don't be that person who thinks that gear is everything.

 

The Past

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Nikon D40X 

This beginner model was my first ever DSLR. I got it back in 2006 and it was the camera that I learnt the fundamentals of photography on. And to prove the point that gear is not everything, this is the camera I shot a National Geographic published photo with. I recommend that anyone looking to get into photography get a beginner DSLR first to learn the fundamentals. They are usually inexpensive and generally more user-friendly.

As the D40X is super old and has been discontinued, my current recommendation for a beginner camera is the Nikon D5600 or the Nikon D5500 if you're on a tighter budget. 

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Nikon D700

A couple years after having learnt the fundamentals on the D40X, I got the D700, my first professional full-frame DSLR. Believe it or not this was my work horse from 2008 all the way till late 2016. It was a solid camera and never failed to deliver. 

I would strongly recommend this to anyone who is a little more serious or looking to invest in a good camera that can also be used professionally. Unfortunately the D700 is super old as well and has been discontinued. Fortunately, Nikon has released its successor, the Nikon D750 which I highly recommend. I've had a chance to try it out and it is fantastic.

The Present

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nikon D810

This is my current work horse and I absolutely love it! It works like a charm and is super high quality. Great for low-light situations and also if you need to crop and image in post production, the 36 megapixel sensor really helps. 

A top notch DSLR for any professional and for enthusiasts who simply want a high quality camera that meets even the most demanding of situations. (trust me, I've used this in super low-light, in pouring rain and in heavy snow and it never fails to impress) 

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8

This is my everyday, work-horse lens. It is always on my camera and I only switch it out when I need to get a specific kind of shot using another lens. I can't imagine not having it and I think this should be any photographer's first zoom lens (quality glass can be expensive but it surely is worth the investment and retains it's value over time). 

Alternatively if budget is an issue, you can go with third party lens manufacturers such as Sigma or Tamron who also make 24-70mm lenses.

Nikon 50mm f/1.8

This is the first prime lens I bought. It's inexpensive and is value for money. It's a lens I recommend everyone get just because of the sharpness and impressive bokeh it creates. All in all a fast lens that can be used for low-light events, portraits and street-photography.

Definitely the first lens to get after your everyday-use-lens. You will fall in love with it!

Nikon 85mm f/1.8

This lens is just stunning. This is my portrait lens and I absolutely love it! Gorgeous bokeh and sharp in all the right places. This has helped me capture beautiful portraits and I highly recommend it for anyone who is a people or portrait photographer.

It is simply great for portraits including engagement and wedding shots. A must have for a portrait or fashion photographer.

Nikon 16mm Fisheye f/2.8

If you are a party person like me then you will surely like this lens. This is my go to party and event photography lens when i want to have fun and get everything and everyone in the shot. 

If you want to have fun and get interesting angles and perspectives then this is the lens for you. Trust me everyone will want to get in the shot with this lens. Also this is pretty good for landscapes and architecture. You just have to manage the distortion to your taste.

Manfrotto 290XTA

One of the most underrated pieces of gear I own yet one of the most valuable. I love my tripod! Sure its heavier and bulkier to carry around compared to those cheap plastic tripods that camera stores throw in to you camera 'package deal'  but I trust my camera with this tripod. It's built to take a beating, it's sturdy and it sure lasts a long time. My tripod has travelled the world with me and endured the elements. I've used it for landscapes, cityscapes and believe it for not, for events as well (using it like a monopod and losing it up like a giant selfie stick to get different perspectives).

It goes without saying, a solid, sturdy tripod is an essential piece of gear for anyone hoping to get great low-light landscapes, time lapses, astrophotography or just landscapes in general. I trust my camera a hundred percent with my Manfrotto tripod, they are a very reputable brand and make real high quality stuff. 

Nikon SB-910 Speedlight

This flash is amazing. It is super powerful and punches a good amount of light when needed. I use this for events and portraits or when I want to get creative with lighting a scene.

And although this isn't meant to be a clubbing/party strobe-light, I definitely use it from time to time to get the party going. 

Another essential piece of gear for anyone serious about portraits and fashion photography.

Rogue XL Pro2 Flash Bender

This nifty contraption helps me as the name says 'bend' light. It's a flash attachment/light modifier that easily attaches to my flash and helps be direct soft light on a subject and allows me to the creative freedom to light a object the way I want to. 

This is great especially at events or on locations where there isn't a surface to bounce your flash on to get a soft lighting effect. Definitely something worth investing on if you shoot events and weddings because you'll never know when you need it.

Lowepro Pro Tactic 350 AW

This bag is well made and I love its design. I like how there is a way to quickly access your camera from the side and also has a bunch of customisation options including external attachments for a tripod.

This bag comfortably carries my camera and a couple lenses as well as my flash, tripod and some accessories. All in all, a solid bag that will protects my gear.

Peak Design - Slide Camera Strap

My go-to when I want to carry around my camera without my bag or when shooting events. I love this start-up company and they make quality stuff. 

The strap is comfortable and adjustable, plus the quick attachment anchors make it easy to put on and remove as and when I need to use it. It's definitely a step up from the free camera straps that come with your camera in the box.

CamDesign Heavy-Duty Memory Card Case

This solid case doesn't only help protect my valuable memory cards, it also helps me arrange and organise my cards allowing me to distinguish the ones that have been used from the ones that are to be used. It can hold 8 SD cards and 4 CF cards which holds all the memory I need for a full day of shooting.

Neewer DSLR Camera Shutter Release

This remote that allow me to wirelessly trigger my camera is one of my landscape and astrophotography essentials. You never want to be pressing down on the shutter button for long exposures (because even small vibrations are noticeable) and sure you can always use timer mode on your camera but this is my solution. 

It's not that expensive and it helps me as a photographer get in selfie shots and group photos without having to press the timer and run (you know what I mean).

Eye-Fi Mobi SD WiFi Card

This magical piece of technology is what helps me transfer photos from my camera to my phone wirelessly when I'm out on a shoot. This is especially useful when I want to do a quick social media post to share what I'm currently shooting. 

Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp

This is in my bag at all times. It is such a useful piece of gear when shooting at night at locations where there isn't much ambient light and its hard to look for stuff in your bag, what dials your'e adjusting, what focal length and focus you are on, what is in your surrounding environment and so on. Basically what I'm saying is its much better than using your phone to see stuff in the dark especially since you don't need to hold it and can focus on the important stuff like getting your camera set up.

This headlamp has been especially useful for astrophotography because it has a red-light setting which is a sight saver when you are shooting in pitch dark conditions. (Tip for shooting in the dark: use red light because it helps your eyes out with the adjustment from bright to darkness. ie. it won't mess up your night adapted vision.) I do recommend investing in a good headlamp that will last you years such as the one I have, it's made from a very reputable outdoors company and I know I can trust it to work (don't buy cheap ones that like break after two weeks). Also you can use this for light painting!

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L

My newest bag which has been working pretty well for me. I'd even go so far as to say it's the best camera bag pack I've ever used. It fits a lot of stuff and more importantly it can hold my tripod and there's a side zip where you can access gear quickly. The way the internal organization is designed is unique and easily accessible. And I mean it just looks good too! For much lighter shoots and if I am carrying less gear I still use my Lowepro Pro Tactic 350 AW but for more serious shoots this is my go-to bag.